Even if you’re not much of a joiner, it might be worth your time to check out the projects that have been taking shape over at Crochet Along.
First started in August 2007, the group now boasts more than 60 members who work together on a single theme; sharing patterns, tips and tricks, and just generally supporting each other’s work.
The group started with an Amigurumi-along back in August, then moved on to Christmas, and is now just about to finish off its Granny Squares theme. Before each theme begins site operators compile a list of free pattern links that are posted down the right-hand side bar of the page. How to’s, tutorials and links to other theme-related advice are also posted in the sidebar.
As members complete their projects they make blog-style posts on the site showing off pictures of their work and sharing the stories of what inspired them or struggles they had along the way.
Crochet Along also maintains a long term list of its previous Theme links giving visitors access to dozens of free patterns and crochet advice. Some of the gems I’ve found there; Fuzzy Yarn tips, making amigurumi hair, and How to join granny squares as you go.
Next up the group is embarking on Small Crochet beginning March 1. Crochet Along operator June defines this as anything that’s under 6 inches and suggests amigurumi, coffee mug or iPod cozies, baby booties, flowers and embellishments, small thread or wire items, and small wearables such as headbands or wrist warmers as just a few samples of items that would be acceptable for the theme.
Have a question about joining or just want to browse through the free patterns? Visit Crochet Along for more information.